Liza Howard

Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a national champion runner with multiple records in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile trail races.

November 2012
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Astro Boy and Whole30


My parents sent Asa a “Junior Astronaut Helmet” to complete his astronaut outfit from my friend Sandy.

Barefoot Runner on the Moon

I had to wrestle the helmet off his junior astronaut head before school this morning.  “‘No baseball caps and no hats means no astronaut helmets!”  (We’ll be easy to find at the airport this year at Christmas, Mom and Dad.)

A couple of days with only about five hours of sleep — and some actual running miles — caught up with me this morning and I’ve only managed to wander around like a zombie and stare longingly at latte fixings since I sent Astro Boy off to school.

It’s Day 10 of this Whole30 experiment.  I cannot say my life has been changed yet, but I’ve got another 20 latte-less days to go, so I’ll keep my Day 10 thoughts to myself.  Here are the details of the program from their website in case you’ve never heard of it.

“Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds.

More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc.
  • Do not consume alcohol
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. Yes, we said corn… for the purposes of this program, corn is a grain! This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream.
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes off your plate.

Dairy, sugar, and alcohol have been the toughest to omit so far.  (Full disclosure: Brian’s pumpkin beer at Thanksgiving was great — and so was the table wine.  And I’m not starting the 30 days over.)   After 30 days, you can reintroduce the banned foods one at a time and see what impact they have on your sense of well being.  I’m really curious to see if gluten has an effect one way or another — and how much of an effect.  Same with dairy and sugar.  I’m skeptical about the legumes ban (minus peanut butter), but I figure I can closet my skepticism for 30 days.  The Whole30 folks are clear that you can eat as many calories as you like within these guidelines, so I haven’t been hungry.  Just a bit grumpy in the mornings around latte time.

Well, I better get my run in before I have to get the little guy from school.  15 hilly miles and a core workout to go.

Earliest Howard Christmas Tree Sighting Ever

(I made the angel near the top with I was Asa’s age.)




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  • Olga King
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    Hang tough. Write reports. Miss Asa! Bring him to Syllamo to play with Harrison.

  • catherine
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    I don’t comment a lot at all and I do read your blog daily! Just wanted to let you know it’s part of my routine and adds to my day.:)

    • Liza Howard
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      Thanks so much Catherine. You made my day. 🙂

  • Pommers
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    The astronaut helmet is absolutely brilliant!
    Reading your list of exclusions I’m struggling to work out what you can eat! Good luck with it though, and will be interested to hear the results.

    • Liza Howard
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      Day 12: An average day’s food at present consists of 1/2 lb. seal…for breakfast…and 3/4 pint of seal-stew for supper….Our craving for bread and butter is very real, not because we cannot get it, but because the system feels the need of it. Oh sorry, that’s from Shackleton. Similar sentiments here though.